Attending 22 of the 23 away matches following Reading last season, there's not much I didn't see (Wigan away aside).

From bouncing stands to eerie silences, atmospheres and supporters in general tend to be a sore subject among fans in the football fraternity.

But, I'm going to delve into it are three of the best home atmosphere's I experienced as an away supporter/journalist last season.

Making me wait for nine months, ironically my top three are actually from the final three away trips of the campaign- while travelling supporters were feeling at their lowest as relegation loomed.

1. Preston North End

The Lilywhites were on an amazing run of one defeat in 10 heading into the clash with Reading, who hadn't won in eight.

Taking the game to the Royals from the start, the 15,000 in attendance had plenty to cheer about despite Joe Lumley standing firm in the net.

Eventually the deadlock was broken just after the break and it sounded like the roof was going to come off.

Against the run of play, Kelvin Ehibhatiomhan equalised and looked to steal a point, taking the stuffing out of the home crowd and leaving the vast majority on edge.

That was until deep into stoppage time when Brad Potts snatched all three points and sent Deepdale potty, taking Ryan Lowe's side to seventh and outside of the play-offs only on goal difference.

It would mark the end of the road for Paul Ince, sacked after the match, and neither side would win another game all season.

2. Coventry City

Different to Preston, which felt like one massive release of pressure with the winning goal, there was a real feel-good factor in Coventry throughout the whole afternoon.

Suffering just one defeat between February and April, the Sky Blues moved into fifth with a 2-1 win over Noel Hunt's Reading on matchday 43.

The Sky Blues' largest crowd of the season at that point, nearly 24,000 were in the CBS Stadium and were determined to have a good time.

A real buzz, it felt like the Madejski Stadium did in it's peak, with supporters rocking up and expecting to be entertained- almost knowing the result would go their way.

From balloons to flags and scarves, it was party-time at the former City of Culture and it was continual noise from minute one to 90.

As a fan, and journalist, who has been travelling with Reading for over eight years, there may not have been a better home atmosphere in the near 100 away games in my repertoire.

Eventual losing play-off finalists, Mark Robins will be hoping to keep the feel-good factor into next season.

3. Huddersfield Town

Similar to Coventry, party season was in full-swing at the John Smith's Stadium.

A painful experience as a Reading fan, with the Terriers surviving in the Championship at the expense of the Royals, the supporters could not have been nicer.

Before the game even kicked off the announcer encouraged the home fans to applaud and salute the travelling 900 or so fans for making the journey despite the circumstances.

Reading fans, determined to make the most of their final second tier away-day for some time, kicked off with plenty of self-deprecating chants and were rewarded with cheers and claps from the home fans.

Add to the boiling pot the fact that it was lined up to be Neil Warnock's final match as a manager, an old foe of the Royals for the last 20 years, and three-quarters of the stadium were bursting with joy and pride long before their 2-0 win was confirmed.

As a bitter and twisted football fan I tried so very desperately to be upset at the South Yorkshire outfit for pipping the Royals to the post this season and in the 2017 play-off final, but I could conjure up nothing but admiration and respect for the lovely people up there.